Last week at Mobile ID World, Samsung and Apple each had us speculating about the future of mobile biometrics, while palm vein scanning tablets, smart home-centric robots, and multimodal enterprise ID software rounded out the headlines.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:
Apple and ID
A new report citing its own field work asserts that the next iPhone will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor as well as face and gesture recognition enabled by a laser-sensor. As is par for the course, we will ultimately have to wait until the device’s launch to confirm any such predictions, but in the meantime, Apple’s biometrically-protected mobile wallet is continuing to grow in acceptance. Last week we reported on Apple Pay’s numerous new financial services supporters around the world.
Samsung and ID
Samsung was part of the mobile biometrics conversation last week, too, as the newest Android OS is starting to rollout to Galaxy S7 devices and bringing with it Samsung Pass support. The company is also preparing to officially address the Galaxy Note7 fiasco from last year, having scheduled an official post-mortem for today. The Note7, while malfunctional, still bore the distinction of being the arbiter of Samsung’s push for consumer iris biometrics, a technology popularly expected to resurface on the next upcoming Galaxy flagship phone.
The Future of Mobile Modalities
With iris biometrics on the verge of becoming a more mainstream authentication modality, it is a critical time for the industry to focus on liveness detection. That’s the goal of the LivDet-Iris: Liveness Detection-Iris Competition 2017, which is now open for registration, we reported last week. Speaking of new and novel mobile modalities, Fujitsu’s new Lifebook 2-in-1 tablets were recently announced, and they feature an innovative biometric security feature: palm vein recognition.
ID in the Connected World
Last week we reported on LG’s new line of robots that were showcased at CES, some of which feature voice and face recognition. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Alexa AI learned a new food-related skill, and the GSMA announced the theme for this year’s Mobile World Congress Shanghai.
Fingerprint Cards announced the scheduled date for the release of its year-end report, while Zwipe scored a major new distribution ally, and Synaptics’ fingerprint sensor received full certification from China’s Banking Card Test Center. Here are last week’s top fingerprint biometrics stories:
ID in the Enterprise
Last week Mobile ID World reported that ImageWare’s GoVerifyID Enterprise Suite received Windows Server certification. In other enterprise ID news, NEC Corporation shed light on its upcoming events schedule where it will be showing off its AI and IoT solutions for businesses.
ID in Financial Services
BMO Harris Bank announced last week that it has accepted a wide range of mobile payment options: Samsung Pay, Android Pay and Masterpass. Meanwhile, we reported on a new mobile POS solution called ChecOut M, which features biometric security.
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